Guntur: Fire engulfed Nizampet harbour in Guntur district around mid-night on Sunday. According to police, two boats were burnt and property worth Rs 40 lakhs was destroyed in the mishap.

The fishermen had not been using the boats for last two days due to heavy rainfall in the region. The boats were parked at the Nizampet harbour. On Sunday mid-night, people noticed a massove fire at the parking area. Police suspect foul play in the incident.

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After fire engulfed the harbour and despite abundant water available to douse off the flame, it is learned that nobody attempted to stop the fire from spreading. It appears the incident was not an accident. Moreover, the fire caught two boats at the same time which raises more doubts, said the police. Both the boats have been reduced to ashes.

Speculation is also rife over cash strapped fisherman setting their boats on fire to claim insurance amount. The police have booked a case and are investigating.